Archives for August 2012

The “Friendly Atheist” On Muddled Pro-Life Arguments By Conservatives UPDATED

 

Hemant Mehta has a post up entitled Why Are Religious Conservatives So Bad When It Comes to Discussing Abortion? He notes that,

When it comes to the 100% pro-life position regarding rape/incest exceptions, here’s an argument against allowing them that I can understand: [Read more…]

Today’s the Day the Music Died (Music for Mondays)

For me, anyway. No, I’m not talking about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, who Don McClean sang about in American Pie. No, I mean the day the music died for me. It was on August 27, 1990, when Stevie Ray Vaughn died in a helicopter crash at the age of 35.  SRV boarded a chopper after a show shorty after midnight for a quick hop to an airport, only the pilot flew into a low hill and  the best guitar player in the world was taken from us.

So I’m remembering Stevie Ray Vaughn, one of my favorites, as long time readers know. [Read more…]

Neil Armstrong and the Landing of the “Eagle” UPDATED

Over at Mental Floss, there’s a great recap of the life and career of Neil Armstrong. I’ll provide you the link in a moment. But first I wanted to share the following narrative of the landing as told by astronauts Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton (with able help by writers Jay Barbree and Howard Benedict) in their book Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon. This is a lot like an episode from Paul Harvey’s  The Rest of the Story. We begin at 1300 feet and falling… [Read more…]

Thoughts As Summer Winds Down on a Saturday

La Grenouillere, Claude Monet, 1869

My children headed back to school twelve days back. But it still feels a bit like summer, though this year it seems as if all the seasons are running three weeks ahead of schedule.

Though the scorching of July made headlines, and has been followed up in the news with leading questions by seemingly all-knowing journalists wondering if this is because of global warming, my electric bill says otherwise. [Read more…]

The EWTN Interview with Mitt Romney

For those of us who missed the broadcast (me included)… [Read more…]

President of Biola University Makes a Statement on the HHS Mandate

This just in from Los Angeles. Another ally in the fight against the HHS Mandate. Have a look. [Read more…]

Is Your Brain Stuck In Overdrive?

Have a coffee with Jesus…

There’s more where that came from. Check ’em out at RadioFreeBabylon.

Just When You Thought Beauty Will Save the World, There’s This…




Uh-oh. Ecco Homo non amplius?
You know, there is wisdom in admitting your limitations. More details over at the Guardian.

Thoughts from the Prophet Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (A Few Words for Wednesday)

What follows are a few paragraphs from Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s lecture that, according to the endnotes, was “delivered only to the Swedish Academy and not actually given as a lecture.” It was delivered in 1970, and is an homage to the trinity of truth, goodness, and beauty. The entire essay is simply entitled Nobel Lecture in Literature 1970. 

Solzhenitsyn’s insights are valuable not only because of his stature as an artist, but because of the life that he lived. The following excerpt comes from the sixth of seven sections, and resonates with me especially these days. These thoughts should give us pause as we venture further into the political circus that rages around us nowadays. They are the harsh light of truth, trained upon the realities of our political systems, and how easily they lead us astray. [Read more…]

Paul Ryan Said He’s Pro-Life (Except in Cases of Rape)? Here’s What Happened Next…UPDATED

When I heard the news, I was just having some tea, see, and then BAM! I threw an epic fit. Think zero to 100mph to zero in 11 seconds flat. It looked sort of like this (many thanks to Alan Rickman for playing the part of your intrepid blogger). [Read more…]